Xavier shows he is serious player in state swimming

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

THE GLADSTONE region's gold rush continued with Gladiators swimming gun Xavier Player on fire at the Queensland Open and Age Championships at Chandler Pool in Brisbane.

Player, 17, secured the region's second gold when he touched the wall first in the men's open multidisability 100 metre breaststroke final on Monday night.

And he had the chance to make it back-to-back golds when he lined-up in last night's 100 metre backstroke final.

Western Suburbs star Sarah Lowe was also in finals action on Monday, finishing eighth in the 15 years girls 200 individual medley.

In yesterday's morning action, Gladiators swimmer Corey Brown booked his second finals spot of the championships after his 2.49.71 was ninth fastest in the 14 years boys 200 breaststroke.

The final was contested last night. Lowe continued her striking form, finishing 12th fastest in the 15 years girls 200 freestyle.

Her Wests team-mate Belinda Patterson-Kane also swam in the same age division, coming in 34th position overall.

Gladiators duo Jarryd Brown and Amy Quartermaine were pleased with their top 20 placings in the tough 400 metre freestyle (Brown 19th, Quartermaine 16th).

Melissa Hankinson pulled out close to the best performance of the morning, slashing almost two seconds off her personal best time to swim a 1.05.98 (34th) in the 13 years girls 100 freestyle.

In the process, Hankinson edged out two Gladiators teammates Antoinette Hayes and Alex Kujanpaa who also posted nice times.

Also in action was the Boyne/Tannum bullet Andrew Cowan who swum a 30.32 to finish 27th in the men's open 50 backstroke, while club-mate Ryan Beecroft finished a fine 18th in the 11 years boys 100 breaststroke.

Check out all the news from the Queensland Open and Age Championships in tomorrow's Observer.



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